The Trump Media Game Continues Apace

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, but they did not specify how long it will last.

Poor Sarah’s life is in danger from rude lefties! I believe my man Philippe has the right response to this:

Keep in mind, though, that even if this is the right response, that doesn’t mean it’s the best response. Like the man says, nobody promised that life would always be fair.

Remember: Donald Trump won the presidency by hacking the media. He’s a genius at that and he still is. When you’re thinking about the whole incivility schtick and whether lefties ought to be “nicer” or whatever, this is all that matters. It doesn’t matter if conservatives are even worse than us or if they deserve what they’re getting or any of that. When there’s no substance involved—and this particular dustup is as substance-free as it gets—winning and losing is solely a question of which side is better at playing the media game. Given the events of the past couple of years, I’d say that liberals probably ought to have a bit of humility on that score.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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